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Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


Made or done without previous preparation;suddenly or hastily prepared;improvised.

The order even allows liquor stores and recreational cannabis dispensaries to remain open for business should the second week of impromptu homeschooling create an essential need.
The Chicago Tribune, 03/23/2020

Words in the News Quiz
5 Middle School Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!

1. Strategy

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

2. Commemorate

To cringe in fear

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

3. Divulge

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

To proclaim publicly

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

4. Toxin

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

Similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar.

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

5. Xylem

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

A rebirth or revival.

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

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